A veneer is a thin moulding, custom-made from porcelain, which is bonded to the front surface of a tooth. Veneers are a quick and effective solution to stained, chipped, misshapen or crooked teeth.

They can also be used to cover gaps in teeth where orthodontic treatment may not be suitable.

Veneers are a cosmetic treatment. They cover only the front surface of the tooth and will mimic the size, shape and colour of your teeth, creating a very natural look.

A precise shade of porcelain can be chosen to give the right colour to improve a single discoloured tooth or to lighten your front teeth.

Dental veneers are an investment. It’s an irreversible procedure that changes your natural teeth, so you need to be sure that they’re the right option for you.

What are the downsides of having veneers?

Veneers are considered a long-term solution to imperfect teeth, once you’ve had them fitted, it’s an irreversible procedure. It can take a few weeks to get used to the new feel of having dental veneers.

Your dentist will need to change the structure and shape of your teeth to apply the veneers and remove the outer layer of enamel.

In some cases patients can also experience increased sensitivity after having veneers fitted.

So, you need to think through your options carefully and make sure that you choose the right solution for your needs. If you have any questions, concerns or queries, speak to your local Bupa Dental Care dentist.

How are veneers fitted?

You’ll first have a consultation with your dentist to make sure a veneer is the correct treatment for you. Once this has been agreed, your tooth can be prepared to hold the veneer. This involves taking off a thin layer of the enamel so that the veneer can be attached to your tooth seamlessly, without changing the size of the tooth. You might be given a local anaesthetic as a precaution, but the procedure shouldn't cause you pain.

Your dentist will then take an impression of your mouth so that a bespoke veneer can be created to fit your tooth perfectly. A temporary cover may be placed over your tooth while this is being prepared.

The veneer will then be attached to your tooth and adjusted as necessary, before being permanently secured in place. You'll need to care for your new veneer in the same way you would your other teeth. With proper care, veneers can last for years, but they can be replaced should any damage occur.

If you’d like to know more, speak to your local Bupa Dental Care dentist about veneers.

How do I care for my veneers?

After the procedure, your gums may feel a little sore. This is normal and will settle down after a few days of careful brushing. Veneers are easy to maintain - they simply require the same care as your other teeth. Regular brushing, flossing, dental check-ups and hygienist appointments will help keep your veneers looking good for years.

Find your nearest Bupa Dental Care practice offering veneers and book an appointment.

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